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To Kill a Mockingbird Reading schedule

In Uncategorized on January 18, 2018 at 3:22 pm

Jan. 29, 30.          Chapter 1

Feb. 5, 6.              Through Chapter 6

Feb. 13, 14.         Through Chapter 12

Feb 19, 20.          Through Chapter 18

Feb. 26, 27.         Through Chapter 24

Mar. 5, 6.             Through Chapter 30



In Uncategorized on July 19, 2016 at 11:51 pm


No backpacks or blankets are allowed in the classroom.

Required supplies to bring every day:


1-inch or 11/2-inch three-ring binder

Lined paper

One brightly colored folder

3-5 pencils and pencil sharpener (with holder for shavings) or mechanical pencil with extra lead or a pen if you wish, but have a pencil at all times ready for testing

Required supplies to have at home

Your Textbook

Dictionary (Internet dictionary os acceptable)

A-Day/B-Day calendar

A Notebook, any size or style, for keeping track of all work pending

“It’s the printer’s fault!”

In Uncategorized on December 8, 2015 at 3:41 pm

More and more, “my printer is out of ink” is replacing “the dog ate it” as an excuse for not having homework. I have told all my classes repeatedly that when the printer is out of ink, they can and should write their work out the old-fashioned way, by hand.

Using printers at school is very chancy. The library is often closed to students. If students rely on the school printers, they MUST do their work ahead of time and have a few days to get to the printers. Depending on school printers is not viable for last minute or late work.

Don’t use printers or the library as an excuse!



In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Seventh Grade Language Arts

Instructor: Kathy Patterson

Room: C112

Telephone: 587-5453

Planning Period: 1A, 4B

E-mail: kapatterson@okcps.org

Homework blog: https://kapatterson.wordpress.com

Text, kept at home: McDougall-Littell Literature 8 ($74.01); also required at home: a dictionary

Oklahoma Academic Standards for English Language Arts link: http://ok.gov/sde/oklahoma-c3-standards#OC3ELA

Oklahoma State Testing Results: http://ok.gov/sde/accountability-state-testing-results

Course Reading, required (these books are in the library):

  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (No Fear edition recommended)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank (the diary, not the play)

Student’s choice of four books from the list at this site.

Seventh Grade Language Arts is a course that seeks to perfect the basics of the written language through the study of literature and the writing of sentences, paragraphs, and short essays. Particular attention is given to basic study skills, grammar, literary and rhetorical devices, characterization, and world literature emphasizing various themes. We will also have units on spoken English and research skills.

Honors and regular classes follow the same outline with the major differences taking place in the classroom, that is, depth of discussion, range of assignments, time limits and other factors.

Grading: Students will be evaluated in a variety of ways including, notebook work, exercises, and writing assignments that correlate to various aspects of grammar, essay skills, and reading comprehension. All assignments are not weighted equally. For more information about grades, see https://kapatterson.wordpress.com/2009/08/12/parents-post/.

Weighted Grades

  • Quizzes . 20%
  • Midterm and Final Exams . 15%
  • Essays  . 15%
  • Literacy: Novels and Projects  . 15%
  • Daily work/Homework . 15%
  • Participation  . 5%
  • Performances .  10%

Discipline Plan


  1. Follow directions.
  2. Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself.
  3. Be in class and seated with all materials on the desk before the bell rings.
  4. Use appropriate language only.
  5. Be polite, prepared, punctual and productive.


  1. Verbal warning.
  2. Last out of class or reassigned seat.
  3. Email parents.
  4. Telephone parents.
  5. Referral to administrator.


  1. Praise.
  2. Email parents.
  3. Choice of assignments.
  4. Class rewards are based on chart on the whiteboard.

Attendance and Tardy Policy

      The policies set forth in the OKCPS handbook and on the Classen SAS web site will be strictly followed. Class starts when the bell rings, especially in the first class of the day. Students have five days to make up work after excused absences. Assignments are promptly posted on the homework blog, so students should know before returning to class what work they missed.

Students who know in advance about school activities, including athletics, should always inform the teacher before the date of the absence. If performances take place during class time, each student separately should ask permission to miss class; this is a privilege and may be withheld due to missing assignments, low grades, or unacceptable classroom conduct.

There is a section on the homework blog (https://kapatterson.wordpress.com/notes-what-you-should-know/) outlining the notes that were given and discussed in class. Students who are absent are expected to consult and collaborate with classmates to copy notes and catch up. Parents may ask their students about these topics at any time, since everything on this list should have been studied, learned and eventually mastered.

Out-of-Class Reading Novels and Major Works of Literature

Following this schedule, your child should always be reading a paperback book or novel.

August: Out-of-Class Reading #1 (student’s choice from the list, read during the summer)

September: In-Class Major Work of Literature #1: Where the Red Fern Grows

October: Out-of-Class Reading #2 (student’s choice from the list given above)

November: In-Class Major Work of Literature #2: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

January: Out-of-Class Reading #3 (student’s choice from the list given above)

February: In-Class Major Work of Literature #3: To Kill a Mockingbird

March: Out-of-Class Reading #4 (student’s choice from the list given above)

April: In-Class Major Work of Literature #4: The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank

Each book will require one major project and/or a writing assignment. The summer reading requirement will be the first book covered.

Literature Concepts

Attention will also be given to the varieties of literary genre–poetry, short story, drama, novel, and speech. These are organized into themes in the book and include authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Maya Angelou, Gary Paulsen, Shirley Jackson and Ray Bradbury. Emphasis will be placed on major British and American writers, multicultural writers, figurative language, style, and inference.

Vocabulary Expansion

Vocabulary of Language Arts (academic vocabulary), roots and origins of words, word families

Critical Thinking: Learning to Go beyond the Text


–Patterns and trends



–Organizing, including compare and contrast, cause and effect, sequencing

–Discussion techniques

Major Grammatical Concepts

–Parts of Speech

–Sentence types, clauses and phrases


Writing Concepts

–Sentence variety

–Paragraph unity, coherence, development

–Descriptive, narrative and expository writing

Fall Semester—Speaking Concepts

–Public Speaking


–Poetry reading

Spring Semester— Research Projects

-Web Quests


Seventh-grade students benefit from homework in a number of ways, including gains in achievement, development of independence and responsibility, and the establishment of good study habits and time management skills.

Don’t ask your child if he or she has homework. Instead set aside a time and place where every evening the student gets out his/her planner and then make notes of what is due tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, and later in the semester. Check that he or she updates this plan of action every evening.

–A problem for many seventh graders is keeping straight whether the next day is A or B. Your student can be organized for tomorrow’s classes by having a calendar in the study area, finishing up the next day’s work (whether an A- or a B-Day), and then starting the work assigned on that day (which was either A- or B-Day).

–Make sure he or she takes the correct A- or B-backpack to school the next day.

–For this class, homework should always include a time for reading, preferably at least 30 minutes.

–The homework grade is the percent of homework assignments completed satisfactorily and submitted. This grade is always more current than the most recent Progress Report.


Understanding Grades

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2009 at 3:51 pm


Quizzes,  20%

Midterm and Final Exams,  15%

Essays,  15%

Literacy: Novels and Projects,  15%

Homework/Classwork Assignments,  15%

Participation,   5%

Communications/Speeches/Research,  10%

Interpreting Grades

Do not be concerned about blanks. Either the student’s turn is pending, or I am in the process of entering grades. Your student’s class may be the last one I get to. Some students may have turned in essays or other assignments, but the deadline has not been reached.

Be concerned when your student has a zero or a low grade entered, that is, lower than you want it to be. Low quiz grades mean more time needs to be spent at home reading and studying.

The Homework/Classwork grade equals the number of assignments completed satisfactorily. If your students has 33%, that means 1 of 3 assignments was turned in. Or 60% means 3 of 5, or 6 of 10. Your student should have all details in the planner. Missing or incomplete assignments can often be found in the student’s notebook or backpack. Just which work is missing can be found in a notebook at my desk, before or after school, not during class. I frequently tell everyone what assignments might be missing, but I do not respond to individual requests during class time.

Participation grades reflect coming to class prepared with planner, textbook, notebook and all supplies.

All quizzes and exams are listed separately. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped at the end of each quarter, unless a student has already missed several quizzes. An X indicates an absence, a dropped grade or an exempted quiz; the computer automatically averages only the quizzes that are counted. A quiz grade of zero indicates the student missed all answers or did not turn in the quiz. There are no retakes.

Essays are announced and explained repeatedly well in advance of the due date, and no one misses hearing about essays due to absences. Students whose essays are not turned in are reminded several times about work due before grades are lowered for lateness.

Literacy grades are based on out-of-class as well as in-class reading. This grade is usually two or more projects or essays. Everyone hears about these assignments well in advance and often, and no one misses hearing about the assignments due to absences.

There are notebook/journal checks in each quarter. A grade of zero means the student did not submit a notebook to be checked. Students whose notebooks are lost, stolen, or misplaced may provide evidence they are still writing in journals and taking notes after the mishap.

Performance indicates a Communication grade given for each of several speeches. A zero indicates the student refused to participate. Students are allowed to make up speeches after everyone else gives his or hers.